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Taking Heat; Pain Free

Recently a constituent sent a letter to me at my public tetonwyo.org account: Mark I had seen you as a strong conservationist, someone with dedication and vision. It seems that now what we are seeing is a very, very different person. Develop Federal land alongside and in the bed of The Snake River, where your […]

On Taxes and Compensating Landowners for Community Benefit

This is the text of my speech at the Charture Institutes 22 in 21 Conference held in January, 2017: Good morning everyone. Thank you for being here today and for caring enough to be here today. And thank you, Jonathan, for creating this event back in 2012. More importantly, thank you for your passion and […]

To House or Not to House

These two graphics, the first borrowed from the Jackson Teton County Housing Authority, the second from Jonathan Schecter’s Jackson Hole Compass, are what an imploding middle class looks like: median home prices completely detached from a community’s wage reality that drive an ever widening wedge between the haves and have-nots. When the world discovered Teton […]

Community Priority Fund: The Missing Cherries

The private sector in Teton County has delivered almost 4,500 acres of conservation. But has it protected and will it protect the most important natural resources critical to wildlife? Or do private sector efforts skew towards providing the most benefit for a handful of private citizens? Will the private sector reliably protect migration corridors that […]

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